Facial thread veins

With the thread vein treatment the light is attracted to the target chromophore oxy-haemoglobin in the blood.  As the light is absorbed by the blood in the vessels a heat reaction is caused which coagulates the blood and destroys protein in the wall of the vessel. The vessel then breaks down and the debris is removed by the body’s natural waste disposal system

Which type of client can be treated?

We can only treat clients of skin types 1-3. It is important that the client  avoids sun exposure 30-60 days prior to treatment. Sun exposure can increase the risk of pain or burns from excessive light absorption un the epidermis. If the client has a sun tan it may be better to wait until the colour reduces to achieve the best results. The Ellipse has pre programmed treatment suggestions for different skin types.

How does treatment work?

The treatment procedure is as follows.

First we will assess the area that we will work on and clean it thoroughly.  It might be necessary to shave the area to be treated (only if hair is present).  An even layer of coupling gel will then be applied to the skin to help aid the treatment and to help protect the skin during the treatment procedure.

Next we will enter your details into the system and the Ellipse will give us an energy setting that is suitable for you.  We then select the correct hand piece to treat the area and with each shot we will assess the area and make some adjustments.  You will feel a strong, hot sensation during the treatment however you will not feel too uncomfortable.

What post treatment reactions can be seen after treatment?

The vessels will change colour immediately after the treatment and erythema will also be present and may disappear in 1-2 hours in some cases 1-2 days.  This will be followed by a variable degree of oedema. The swelling will increase the following day and may appear puffy particularly around the eyes, this should reduce after 4 days.  If there are any areas of pigmentation they may turn darker.  A cold compress can be applied at the conclusion of the treatment and an application of Aloe Vera Gel is necessary. It is advisable to use a 100 % Aloe Vera gel for the next few days to reduce any continuing redness.

How many treatments are necessary to remove facial thread veins?

On average 2-4 with 4 week intervals are needed for the best results. Top up treatments may be needed in the future to maintain these results.

Does it hurt?

Tolerance of pain is very individual from person to person. No anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin, followed by a warm sensation lasting several minutes. You may find it comforting to cool the skin after the treatment.